Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association Award from Fullerton College
Louis Armstrong Jazz award
La Mirada Jazz Award
Musicians' Association of San Diego Local 325
BMI Songwriters Club
Private instructor: St. Francis Parker Middle School
Drum Line Instructor for: Canyon High School, Hart High School
Private instructor for over 20 years
College Of The Canyons
Performing, composing, mixing, recording, producing and smiling.
Drummer with over 20 years professional experience in many styles including: Jazz, Afro-Latin, Rock, Blues, R&B, and other musical genre.
Drummer for: Hubert Laws, Eldar, Clare Fischer, Mike Wofford, Gary Foster, Dirk Fischer, Mike Garson, Roni Ben-hur, Nilson Matta, Terrell Stattford, Brian Lynch, George Gaffney, Karol Kaye, Andy Simpkins, Bob Magnusson, Alphonso Johnson, Jay Migliore, Ricky Woodard, Eric Johnson, Tony Dumas, Putter Smith, Harry Pickens, Kamau Kenyatta and Holly Hofmann.
PERFORMANCE (Accompanist for vocalists)
Drummer for: Jackie & Roy (Jackie Cain & Roy Kral), Kenny Rankin, Jimmy & Jeanie Cheatham "Sweet Baby Blue Band”, Kevin Mahogany, Eloise Laws, David Whitfield, Tony Russell, Larry Greene, Kristin Korb.
PERFORMANCE (Popular music)
Jeff Goldblum, Stepchild, Tom Braxton, Josh White Jr., Bernard Ighner (composer of “Everything Must Change”) and The Promise Worship Team.
PERFORMANCE (Musical Theater)
“Into the Heart of East & West:
In tribute to Ravi Shankar” featuring Kartik Seshadri
"Jazz Queens Cast Blue Shadows"
“Blues Schoolhouse” International House Of Blues (San Diego)
Richard has been playing drums professionally for over twenty years. In that time, he has performed with countless groups and ensembles in a variety of styles, including straight-ahead jazz, avant-garde jazz, Brazilian, Latin, funk and hip-hop. In addition, he has worked extensively as a teacher, applying his unique rhythmic approach and meticulous technical methods. A native of Valencia, California, Richard received early training from Stewart Fischer (brother of jazz giant Clare), Earl Palmer, and Joe Porcaro. The support of such greats prepared him for his move to San Diego nearly six years ago, when he began to make frequent performance appearances at San Diego State University, and gigged incessantly with the best professionals in town. This experience includes a lasting musical liaison with (bassist) Rob Thorsen and (vocalist) Ruby Presnell, with a popular band called Ruby Blue. The band recorded their new album "Revealed", and enjoyed steady stints at San Diego's finest venues, including Marriott Yacht Club of San Diego, the prestigious University Club. Soon, Richard was regarded as one of the premier drummers in Southern California, and he found himself sharing the stage with World Class artists such as Hubert Laws, Terell Stafford, Kenny Rankin, Kamau Kenyatta, Mike Wofford, Bob Magnusson, Marshall Hawkins, Clare Fischer, Gary Foster, Andy Simpkins, and Jackie and Roy. These players and many others respected him immediately for his uncanny talent with brushes, his undeniable energy, and his strict attention to dynamics and groove. Richard has made high-profile appearances at the Namm Show, an internationally recognized musical and technological convention.